|BALTIMORE ( ARRIETA )|
BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )
|971||BALTIMORE||+130||Ov 9.5,-105||+130||Ov 9,-110|
|972||BOSTON||-140||Un 9.5,-115||-140||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-1.4||4-1||5.6||0.282||0.339||5.0||0.280||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||5-2||5.4||0.283||0.344||4.7||0.252||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-0||+3.6||3-0||8.7||0.339||0.403||2.7||0.264||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||4-3||5.6||0.282||0.355||2.9||0.238||0.296|
|4/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||7-4||W||150||7 un||O||13||8||1||6||2||0|
|4/3/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||125||7 ov||O||11||5||0||14||3||0|
|4/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||5||7||0||5||2||0|
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/1/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||8-2||W||100||8 un||O||13||13||0||6||8||0|
|4/3/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||14||10||0||9||7||0|
|4/4/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-4||L||110||8 un||U||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|4/5/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||6-4||W||130||8.5 un||O||12||15||0||12||9||3|
|4/6/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||0-5||L||130||9 un||U||2||4||0||8||6||1|
|4/7/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||13-0||W||115||8 un||O||15||6||0||7||8||0|
|4/12/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By DAN PIERINGER STATS Writer
Baltimore (3-4) at Boston (5-2), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox have shown early this season they can win with big performances at the plate. In their last game, they proved they're not just a potent offensive lineup.
After pulling out a win despite a subpar offensive showing, the Red Sox look to clinch their third consecutive winning series to open the season as they continue a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Boston (5-2) averaged 8.5 runs and batted .335 in its first four wins, totaling eight home runs and 11 doubles. The Red Sox couldn't muster that kind of offense in Monday's five-hit performance against Baltimore, but still managed a 3-1 victory behind Clay Buchholz's pitching. Daniel Nava's three-run homer in the seventh powered Boston to its ninth straight home-opening win.
"This team is growing in confidence by the day," said first-year Red Sox manager John Farrell, whose team has started 2013 with series wins against the New York Yankees and Toronto.
While the Red Sox were encouraged by the victory, the Orioles (3-4) refused to make too much of their third straight defeat. Each of Baltimore's first three losses came by one run before Monday's two-run setback.
"We might spend all day tomorrow crying as a team, holding each other's hands, spend all day walking through the Prudential Center (in Boston) crying," outfielder Adam Jones said sarcastically. "We're playing good baseball. We've got 155 games to go, a lot of games to go."
Baltimore was limited to season lows in runs and hits (five) Monday, but still rank among major league leaders with a .283 team batting average and 38 runs scored.
"We didn't do much offensively," manager Buck Showalter said. "Seven games into the season, no one's concerned."
The Orioles will try to bounce back against Ryan Dempster (0-1, 5.40 ERA), making his first home start for Boston after signing a two-year, $26.5 million contract in December. The veteran right-hander has a 6.06 ERA in three career starts at Fenway Park, but gave up no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings there last season, his only appearance at Fenway since 2001.
Dempster had command issues in his season debut, giving up three runs and five hits while walking four in a 4-2 road loss to the Yankees on Thursday.
Dempster is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles. He held them to one run and four hits in eight innings of a 5-1 victory Aug. 20.
Baltimore outfielder Nate McLouth is 6 for 20 (.300) with a home run, two doubles and three walks against Dempster, but shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 2 for 27 with seven strikeouts.
Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (0-0, 9.00) will take the mound for his second start. The right-hander gave up five runs in five innings of his 2013 debut Friday, but Baltimore scored five in the eighth and beat Minnesota 9-5.
Arrieta is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in five career games \2013 four starts \2013 against the Red Sox, including 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA at Fenway Park.
Jacoby Ellsbury has two hits \2013 both home runs \2013 and two walks in five at-bats against Arrieta. Nava, who has homered in consecutive games and is 6 for 12 this season, is 3 for 5 with a homer and a walk against him.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is 1 for 9 with three strikeouts during Baltimore's three-game losing streak after going 9 for 15 with four home runs and three doubles during the club's 3-1 start.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:33:16 PM EST|